Compiled by Dr. Edward J Mullen, Willma & Albert Musher Chair Professor for Life Betterment through
Science & Technology, Columbia University in the City of New York
Evidence: Its Meanings in Health
Care and in Law
In April 2000, the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Institute of Medicine
(IOM) hosted an expert meeting, "Evidence: Its Meanings and Uses in Law,
Medicine and Health Care," to explore the differences in how scientists,
clinical practitioners, judges, legal scholars, and juries interpret and
use evidence. Participants included attorneys, judges, legal
researchers, policymakers, physicians, and health services researchers.
As the participants in the workshop came to realize, the concept and
attributes of "evidence" depends on where one sits. Although
time-honored legal and medical science interpretations of "evidence"
were recognized, it was also acknowledged that the legal system and the
health care system would each benefit from sustained efforts of mutual
education of practitioners from both fields. A Special Issue of the
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, entitled Evidence: Its
Meanings in Health Care and in Law, was dedicated to thoughtful and
provocative discussions of how "evidence" is defined and used in
medicine and the law. The issue answers such questions as: How are
courts dealing with clinical practice guidelines? How can the courts'
use of medical evidence improve health care? How do privacy concerns fit
into the evidence debate? Electronic versions of the articles are
provided at this site.
Institute for the Advancement of Social
List of upcoming events on trainings,
National Association of State
Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute
Applied Research and Evaluation Outcomes to Enhance
Mental Health Services, February 12-14, 2007. See prior conferences
related to Evidence Based Practice and Policy:
New York State Office of Mental Health Best Practices Conference
This 2001 institute combined an
opportunity for participants to learn about the current thinking on
evidence-based practices with audience feedback on key challenges facing
public mental health authorities and others who seek to implement and
integrate these in routine mental health settings. Videos of
presentation are available at this site.
Society for Social Work Research
The Society for Social Work and Research was founded in
1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of
social work research. Holds annual conferences every January.
Social Work Access Network
Provides list of upcoming conferences
related to social work.
4th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice
University of Tampere, Finland
Papers pertaining to evidence-based
policy and practice as well as evaluation research.
web sites are either direct quotes or adaptations from those provided on
the respective sites.